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The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented nearly 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres of Anne Nelson’'s The Guys; five plays by A.R. Gurney (Post Mortem, O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth and A Light Lunch); Mac Wellman'’s Cellophane and Two September; Roger Rosenblatt's Ashley Montana Goes Ashore... and The Oldsmobiles; Elizabeth Swados’ JABU and Kaspar Hauser; Karen Finley's Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman; Adam Rapp'’s Bingo with the Indians; Will Eno’'s Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations; Dawn by Thomas Bradshaw; The Great Recession; Jonathan Reynold's’ Girls in Trouble; and most recently Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran.


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#serials@theflea  | Open: 03/11/11 Close: 03/25/11
Following a sold-out initial run, The Flea Theater is proud to announce Cycle 2 of #serials@theflea, it’s raucous late night play competition featuring The Bats and some of NYC’s hottest young playwrights. Live music and free beer help fuel this weekly event, which runs Friday and Saturday nights starting March 11, 2011. All tickets are only $10.

In #serials@theflea, five teams of Bats perform original ten-minute episodic plays. The audience votes for its three favorite pieces, which return the next week with a new installment. The teams with the two least popular stories must likewise come back the following week, but with entirely different serialized plays.

#serials@theflea is one of the most popular productions in The Flea’s history,” notes Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson notes. “The energy and enthusiasm for this event surpassed our expectations. We just had to bring it back.”

Participating playwrights include Josh Barrett (HBO’s Generation Kill) Patrick Barrett (Follow Me Down), Chad Beckhim (The Wii Plays), Havilah Brewster, Lila Fein, Dylan Dawson (Naked Angels’ Naked Radio), Nathan Leigh (Big Money, The Consequences), Adam Lerman (The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony), and Alena Smith (Plunder).

Bands for Cycle 2 include Avan Lava, Grace McLean and Teen Girl Scientist Monthly.

Created by Bat company members Dominic Spillane and Stephen Stout, in collaboration with Jim Simpson, #serials@theflea is directed by The Flea’s resident directors and Sarah Wansley.

The production features over 40 members of The Bats, The Flea’s resident company of actors, including Tiffany Abercrombie, Brett Aresco, Crystal Arnette, Satomi Blair, Allison Buck,  Ugo Chukwu, Thomas Crawford, Katherine Folk-Sullivan, Grant Harrison, Halima Henderson, Alex Herrald, Harrison Hill, Josephine Huang, Amanda Idoko, Christian Jacobs, Yvette King, Vin Kirdakorn, Maren Langdon, Georgia X. Lifsher, Vella Lovell, Kate Michaud, Seth Moore, Megha Nabe, Sade Namei, Joy Natoma, Reynaldo Pinillia, Briana Pozner, Donaldo Prescod, Brett Robinson, John Russo, Anita Sabherwal, Joann Sacco, Zak Sandler, Nicky Schmidlein, Michelle Silvani, Dominic Spillane, Stephen Stout, Hansel Tan, Ronald Washington, Alana Williams, Akyiaa Wilson and Monica Wyche.

#serials@theflea runs March 11th – March 26th, Fridays at midnight and Saturdays at 11pm and 1am. The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door beginning 45 minutes prior to each performance.  Each ticket purchase includes a free beer.

The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented nearly 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres of Anne Nelson’s The Guys; six plays by A.R. Gurney (Post Mortem, O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth, A Light Lunch and Office Hours); Mac Wellman’s Cellophane and Two September; Roger Rosenblatt's Ashley Montana Goes Ashore... and The Oldsmobiles; Elizabeth Swados’ JABU and Kaspar Hauser; Karen Finley's Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman; Adam Rapp’s Bingo with the Indians; Will Eno’s Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations; Dawn by Thomas Bradshaw; The Great Recession, Jonathan Reynolds' Girls in Trouble, Bathsheba Doran's Parents' Evening, and most recently the holiday hit Looking at Christmas by Steven Banks and American Sexy by Trista Baldwin.

 


About the Company: The Flea

The Flea Theater, under Artistic Director Jim Simpson and Producing Director Carol Ostrow, is one of New York's leading off-off-Broadway companies. Winner of a Special Drama Desk Award for outstanding achievement, Obie Awards and an Otto for political theater, The Flea has presented nearly 100 plays and numerous dance and live music performances since its inception in 1996. Past productions include the premieres of Anne Nelson’'s The Guys; five plays by A.R. Gurney (Post Mortem, O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth and A Light Lunch); Mac Wellman'’s Cellophane and Two September; Roger Rosenblatt's Ashley Montana Goes Ashore... and The Oldsmobiles; Elizabeth Swados’ JABU and Kaspar Hauser; Karen Finley's Return of the Chocolate Smeared Woman; Adam Rapp'’s Bingo with the Indians; Will Eno’'s Oh, The Humanity and other exclamations; Dawn by Thomas Bradshaw; The Great Recession; Jonathan Reynold's’ Girls in Trouble; and most recently Parents’ Evening by Bathsheba Doran.

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Dawn  | Open: 11/09/08 Close: 12/06/08
DAWN revolves around Hampton, an abusive alcoholic who has completely alienated his wife and children. Can he stop drinking and make up for the past, even amidst some very dark revelations of incest and pedophilia? DAWN is one father's story of redemption and reconciliation -- with a twist.

The Flea Theater will present the U.S. premiere of DAWN by Thomas Bradshaw, beginning previews November 9th. The production will be directed by Flea Artistic Director, Jim Simpson and feature actors Gerry Bammon, (Obie Award winner and Drama Desk Award nominee for Nixon's Nixon), Laura Esterman (Drama Desk Award winner for Marvin's Room), Irene Walsh, Drew Hildebrand, Kate Benson, and Jenny Seastone Stern. The design team includes Claudia Brown (costumes), Jeanette Yew (lights) and Brandon Wolcott (sound). Opening night is slated for Saturday, November 15.

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Girls In Trouble  | Open: 02/12/10 Close: 03/15/10
GIRLS IN TROUBLE takes on abortion in the sixties, when backrooms in the wrong part of town offered hope or death, as well as abortion in the twenty first century. In 2010, has abortion become merely another form of birth control?

GIRLS IN TROUBLE features 7 actors from The Bats, the resident acting company of The Flea: Andy Gershenzon, Brett Aresco, Betsy Lippitt, Akyiaa Wilson, Eboni Booth, Laurel Holland and Marshall York. The design team includes John McDermott (sets), Zack Tinkelman (lights), Amanda Bujac (costumes) and Jeremy Wilson (sound).

Jonathan Reynolds has had 9 plays produced in New York: Pulitzer Prize finalist Stonewall Jackson’s House; Dinner With Demons, a solo show in which he prepared a full five-course meal onstage eight times a week; Geniuses, produced by Playwrights Horizons and which ran for a year off-Broadway; the one-acts Yanks 3 Detroit O Top of the 7th and Rubbers at The American Place; Fighting International Fat; and Tunnel Fever or The Sheep is Out. He has had five screenplays produced, most notably Micki and Maude and My Stepmother is an Alien. He is the recipient of Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundation grants as well as The Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award for Sustained Achievement.
For five years, he was Treasurer of The Dramatists Guild, and for six years wrote a bi-weekly food column for The New York Times Sunday Magazine. His memoir, Wrestling With Gravy: A Life, With Food, was recently published by Random House.

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Girls In Trouble  | Open: 02/12/10 Close: 04/11/10
In this bold drama, Mr. Reynolds, whose previous controversial play, Stonewall Jackson’s House (short listed for the Pulitzer Prize), took on issues of racial victimization, has turned his attention to women's rights and abortion. Performances, originally schedule to end March 15, will now continue through April 11th.

GIRLS IN TROUBLE dares to explore the controversial history of abortion through its life-changing affect on women across three generations. This darkly humorous, shocking new work continues to inspire spirited debate.

GIRLS IN TROUBLE features 7 actors from The Bats, the resident acting company of The Flea: Andy Gershenzon, Brett Aresco, Betsy Lippitt, Akyiaa Wilson, Eboni Booth, Laurel Holland and Marshall York. The design team includes John McDermott (sets), Zack Tinkelman (lights), Amanda Bujak (costumes) and Jeremy Wilson (sound).

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Kaspar Hauser  | Open: 02/13/09 Close: 03/28/09
KASPAR HAUSER: a foundling's opera is a true tale about a wild child found on the streets of Nuremburg in 1828. With a story much like a Dickens novel, the piece explores all the good and evil that happens when an innocent is introduced into society. Kaspar Hauser is a fairy tale, a fable, and a Brechtian gaze at our addiction to stars (and the tabloids) and the society that lifts them up only to slam them down.


Says Swados, "KASPAR HAUSER is a musical theater piece, you might call it an opera, somewhere between Beethoven and Queen, and it only could be done in its first version at the Flea, a theater that is both brave and strict about quality. And then there are the amazing Bats, a repertory company of highly energetic and talented actors who also sing with voices that range from Janis Joplin to Bjork to John Mayer. The Flea is an artistic home where anything can happen."

This World Premiere features 19 members of The Bats, The Flea's resident acting company: Adrienne Deekman, Jennifer Fouché, Beth Griffith, Nicolas Greco, Joseph Dale Harris, Arlo Hill, Michael Hopewell, Amy Jackson, Erica Livingston, Chad Lindsey, Vella Lovell, Preston Martin, Kelly McCormack, Colin Mew, Jason Najjoum, Eliza Poehlman, Hannah Shankman, Marshall York and Carly Zien. The creative team includes Kris Kukul (Musical Director), Mimi Quillin (Movement Director), John McDermott (Set Designer), Jeanette Yew (Lighting Designer), Normandy Sherwood (Costume Designer), and Sam Goldman (Sound Designer).

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Love/Stories (Or But You Will Get Used To It)  | Open: 01/29/09 Close: 03/30/09
The Flea Theater will present the World Premiere of Itamar Moses' LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT), a collection of five short new plays. Moses is the author of The Four of Us, Bach at Leipzig, Back Back Back and Celebrity Row, a playwright whose sensibility is the perfect match for The Bats, The Flea's resident company of emerging artists. Performances begin previews on January 29 with opening night slated for Monday, February 16.

Nothing is what it seems in LOVE/STORIES (OR BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT), five funny and poignant short plays. A casting session for a play about a love affair goes awry. A talk-back with a theatre audience becomes the occasion for a life-altering choice. A couple moving in together finds that greater intimacy can have surprising results. And much more.

The production is directed by Michelle Tattenbaum and features a design team consisting of Jerad Schomer (set), Joe Chapman (lights), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Brandon Wolcott, (sound) and Eilzabeth Kandel (graphic design). The play will star Felipe Bonilla, Laurel Holland, Maren Langdon, Michael Micalizzi and John Russo, five members of The Bats.

Says playwright Moses, "Theater is so much closer to music than it is to fiction and so, in a way, only ever writing full-length plays is like only ever writing concept albums, or Handel's Messiah. But a short play is like a single. And the short form is one of my favorite things to write. The problem though, is that these plays often have no real life, or they run for one weekend, once, and disappear, and they become the homeless orphaned bastard children of a playwright's oeuvre. I'm thrilled that The Flea has entrusted me with their terrific young acting company and given these five bastards orphans of mine a home."

Itamar Moses is the author of Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjacket, Back Back Back and Completeness, Reality! (a musical with Gaby Alter), and Fortress of Solitude (a musical with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin), and various short plays and one-acts. His work has appeared Off-Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theatres across the country and in Canada, and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French. He has received new play commissions from The McCarter Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center. Itamar holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition, Naked Angels Writers Group, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He was born in Berkeley, CA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Director Michelle Tattenbaum's previous collaborations with Itamar Moses include the Los Angeles premiere of The Four of Us; The Chromium Hook for Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center Directors' Lab; Reality! for the Cape Cod Theatre Project; and several short plays for Manhattan Theatre Source and Naked Angels. Her directing credits include The Sublet Experiment, Gallathea at Here; An Archipelago of Clouds at FringeNYC; and Guyler Beguiled at the Maverick Theater. Regionally, she has directed at the Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, New London Barn Playhouse, Women's Theatre Company, and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow.

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Parents' Evening  | Open: 04/17/10 Close: 05/29/10
A married couple prepare with dread for the annual PARENTS' EVENING at their daughter's school. Doran's play examines the land mines of modern marriage and parenting.

According to director Jim Simpson, "PARENTS' EVENING is an extraordinary play about modern married life - particularly the working woman's struggle to be mother, lover, breadwinner and wife - to be it all and to have it all. The play is a striking look at the way we live now. Bathsheba is a powerful new voice - and I'm very pleased to be taking this wonderful play on."

Directed by Flea Artistic Director Jim Simpson, the production stars Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and James Waterston (A.R. Gurney's Buffalo Gal). Previews for this limited run Off-Broadway engagement begin April 17 with opening night slated for Thursday, April 29.

The design team includes Jerad Schomer (sets), Brian Aldous (lights) and Claudia Brown (costumes).

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Sex In Mommyville  | Open: 08/18/10 Close: 08/29/10
AF PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Anna Fishbeyn’'s SEX IN MOMMYVILLE, directed by Sane Shurin. SEX IN MOMMYVILLE will play a limited engagement at The Flea (41 White Street, TriBeCa). Performances begin Wednesday, August 18 and continue thru Sunday, August 29. Opening Night is Friday, August 20 (7 p.m.).

SEX IN MOMMYVILLE is a musical feminist comedy about the hilarious misadventures of a neurotic, guilt-ridden, health-conscious, sex-starved Manhattan mom trying to please her high-maintenance children, her lawyer-husband Zeus, and her Russian parents who live upstairs. As she discovers ingenious ways to escape her children (i.e. the TV and then some more TV) and seduce her husband (i.e. sing Russian gypsy ballads in her grandmother’s shawl and don old tan pregnancy underwear), she also discovers the inherent struggle and contradictions in what it means to be a mother and ultimately a woman in today’s hyper-anxious, self-perfecting, wrinkle-eradicating society.


For more information, please visit www.sexinmommyville.com.


 

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